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What Is the Meaning of Life?” and is there really a God upstairs guiding your decisions!-A Must Read

A must read that also asks you- “What Is the Meaning of Life?” and is there really a God upstairs guiding your decisions!

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Here is a novel that is crazy, intriguing and tells of Ghost Writing and bankrupting a New Orleans Newspaper! Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo, Hardcover by Benjamin DeHaven. A ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, a writer, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo. He defrauded an industry for almost 20 years by exploiting people’s insecurities and profiting from them.

After failing to make an impact on society he began to destroy those closest to him, including Benjamin DeHaven, the author of this book. Here’s one book you must read that also asks you- “What Is the Meaning of Life?” and is there really a God upstairs guiding your decisions! ________

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Balancing Life and Writing

Author Joan C. Curtis @JoanCurtis Hosts Ben DeHaven and Confessions of a Self-Help Writer today,to give away some Amazon Gift Cards and She even let me post a blurb about Balancing Life and Writing!

http://joancurtis.com/confessions-of-a-self-help-writer/

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Writing is life in many cases for me. Without the escape of a good story, balance in everyday life would be almost impossible, or there would be a very rich psychiatrist from listening to what bursts from my head. Sometimes it seems difficult to find time, or get in the mood to write. Sometimes I will go weeks without writing something, and then disappear for a month, only to return in a better mood. So I might venture to say I am terrible at balancing the two-I am an all or nothing kind of person. When I was engaged I did most of my writing in the middle of the night or early mornings but now that I am single and time seems limitless, I am completely out of balance.

Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo)

by Benjamin W. DeHaven

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Exposing the roots of deception is an act of contrition and an effort to seek forgiveness.

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Exposing the roots of deception is an act of contrition and an effort to seek forgiveness.

Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviewhttp://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/jun_14.htm#donovan

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Michael Enzo was a fraud. He was also a philanthropist. He was also a gigolo. And a devout Catholic. He profited from people’s insecurities and when that wasn’t enough he began systematically psychologically destroying those closest to him – including author Benjamin W. DeHaven.

So why would DeHaven then salvage his former friend’s journal from his New Orleans estate after Hurricane Katrina and publish it; especially since he was involved in Enzo’s self-help industry deceptions?

Simple: the act of publishing a journal exposing the roots of deception is an act of contrition and an effort to undo the harm that they caused .

And who will be the likely reader of Confessions of a Self-Help Writer? That would be the reader already interested in the self-help field (possibly even those already familiar with Enzo’s works) who want a deeper understanding of the entire operation, from Enzo’s personality and motivations to the author’s own rationale for participating in Enzo’s schemes.

Now, forgiveness is a powerful motivator – and so is guilt. Without either in place, Confessions of a Self-Help Writer likely wouldn’t have seen the light of day. And another powerful force at work here is egotism: specifically, Michael Enzo’s drive to control and change his world and the worlds of others. Without THAT piece in place, he wouldn’t have formed the schemes he did, nor candidly wrote about them in this journal. Consider the power of the voice that explains his perspective: ““I am one of the feeble who have to hit rock bottom before they can put things in perspective.  Besides, once you hit rock bottom, you can start publishing self-help books in your own name, as long as you’re famous. Mine will be a great testimonial to the will of men. When you’ve physically and mentally demolished the physical representation of your soul, suddenly you become an incredible healer, according to my books.”

Add to this dose of autobiography a series of revelations that systematically show how darkness enters a common man’s soul and how it twists motivation to ultimately foster deceptive practices and you have a satisfying blend of autobiography, journal entries, and insights into not just one man’s obsession, but the psychological trappings of the self-help industry as a whole.

Eye-opening (even eye-popping, at points) and involving, Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo) reads like a thriller but is true life confession at its best.

Benjamin W. DeHaven

Lagniappe Publishing

9780989912686   $22.95

Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR (Midwest Book Review)

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Starting in a Few Hours. Goddess Fish Promotions is running an awesome Blog Tour for Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo). These are the links to a few of the amazing blogs that were kind enough to host information, ask great questions, and even sometimes show a cover, but always offer to giveaway Amazon gift Cards and some signed Hardcover books. *If we are already friends on Facebook, or Twitter, or you have seen some fun youtube interviews–You are already registered for free-but to confirm, you need to see one of these sites and click to confirm on the day listed below. Who knows-you might actually find some other cool things to see! But if you hate free Money and books, then just keep watching those virtual cat videos and please disregard!

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Strictly for Grownups-bc Confessions seems so real, but it is never boring?

Strictly for Grownups-bc Confessions seems so real, but it is never boring? 

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Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: A Journal of Michael Enzo by Benjamin W. Dehaven ($22.95, Lagniappe Publishing), is strictly for grownups, as much a comedy as a tragedy, as it tells the story of Enzo, a ghostwriter for the rich and famous, and the author of successful self-help books in his own right who faces having to write another to pay his debts. He may be able to tell others how to cope, but his own life has been filled with all manner of misdeeds that include depravity, substance abuse, and emotional complexity. This is a difficult book to describe because it seems so real, but it is never boring.

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Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo)

Foreword Magazine Reviews Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo)

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Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo

Benjamin W. DeHaven Lagniappe Publishing 978-0-9899126-8-6 (July 2014)

This pontificating, self-centered character offers unexpected insight in an entertaining and edgy way.

Michael Enzo is the type of protagonist you will either love or hate, and Benjamin DeHaven gives readers plenty of reasons to feel passionately one way or the other in Confessions of a Self-Help Writer.

The titular confessions are—according to narrator Benjamin DeHaven—Enzo’s own journal entries. They have less to do directly with his ghostwriting of self-help books than his random autobiographical experiences of varying depravity and the roads he has happened upon along the way. DeHaven’s interspersed chapters of commentary provide the motivation for publishing the journal as an act of revenge for his own less-than-ideal situation, for which he holds Enzo responsible.

Quirky and inarguably unique in both style and content, Confessions of a Self-Help Writer is sure to evoke strong reactions. Taken at face value, Enzo is a crass and self-involved character, reprehensible in both word and deed for the most part, and with seemingly little sense of responsibility or depth of feeling. However, as with most interesting protagonists, there are layers to his personality and moments that hint at a deeper emotional core to his character. The occasional interruption by DeHaven provides a grounding point at which readers will be reminded that this journal is presented by someone with a biased point of view and an ax to grind.

Enzo is a drunk (and an occasional drug user) who pontificates while urinating into crowds and refers to every woman he knows, including his mother, as “Susan.” His poor attitudes and behaviors started early on, when as a Boy Scout he was the proverbial bad seed, the one who “led three other scouts to destroy the bowline knot that was tied to a self-made latrine post, forcing unsuspecting friends to fall into a pit of their own feces.” That he later found a brief leadership role within the troop seems rather undeserved, but it’s indicative of his ability to manipulate others.

The book is sprinkled with Enzo’s words of wisdom, helpfully emphasized in boldface, which appear to signify personal epiphanies.

DeHaven runs a risk that readers will be lost in Enzo’s offensiveness, yet those who press on may see him as a metaphor for various societal ills and dichotomies of daily life. Confessions of a Self-Help Writer is an entertaining if slightly disturbing tale of a man who is consistently devoted to being own worst enemy.

Jeannine Chartier Hanscom

Foreword Magazine Fall 2014, P.77-78

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